Today’s guest, Gigi Hyland, has been inspiring women in credit unions for years – including us! She is a great example of someone fighting for what they want in the industry, and we’re thrilled that she came to talk with us about what is happening in credit unions right now, and how women can forge their path to leadership.

Gigi is the Executive Director for the National Credit Union Foundation, which is widely recognized as the national philanthropic arm of America’s credit union movement. The Foundation works as a catalyst to improve people’s financial lives through credit unions.

 

Welcome to InspHERation Nation!

 

 

The Weekly Commitment

Every week, we will ask you the same question: What is the one thing that you will commit to doing or improving this week?

Writing down your answer to the question will start a self-accountability process, and following up with this practice after every episode will help you take consistent small actions that ultimately lead to BIG transformations.

If you want to share what you are committing yourself to, we would love to hear! You can get in touch with us at…

 

Bridging the Gender Gap

Leaders in the credit union industry are having a lot of conversations about the gender gap: many women are being hired, but there’s not an obvious or easy career path to executive leadership. They are trying to figure out how leaders can intentionally create more opportunities for women so that they can get more engaged and move forward in their careers.

During the 11th annual Financial Literacy Summit in April, Gigi sat down with six other executive women for an incredible panel: “Bridging the Gender Gap.”  

 

Finding Your Path Forward

When women think about what career path they want to go on, the starting point should be to be a little introspective. What is this all about? Is this about me, what I want to do, my skillset, getting power, or something else? How do I want to pursue that?

After you answer this questions really truthfully, you’re be able to direct questions to your friends, network, and mentors about your strengths, desires, and ways you may be able to develop yourself.

 

Book Review: Change Your Questions, Change Your Life: 10 Powerful Tools for Life and Work

Liz loved this book! She describes it as a business book for people who don’t like business books, and it’s told in the form of a story. Using this useful Choice Map, readers can learn how to shift from blame-focused questions that impede success to solution-focused questions that facilitate it.

 

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